Within Interskate Roller Rink's 80'x180' maple rotunda rink, skaters and bladers glide among fellow freewheelers. Overhead, a celestial array of 760 glistening track lights glow. Visitors might momentarily hear the smooth sound of wheels on wood, but it's soon drowned out by a 14-speaker jukebox which, much like the world's most exquisite tinkling jewelry box, can play more than 3,000 songs.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
Polar Ice House beckons ice-caperers aged 3 and older onto its slippery stage, where they can hone figure-skating and hockey skills or simply twiddle their blades during daily open-skate sessions. Beginners' skating courses include an all-ages Learn to Skate program and a Parent-Tot class that re-creates the gliding experience of moonwalking on an air-hockey table. The rink also hosts whirling laser-light shows that captivate the eyes of skaters on Friday and Saturday night, as well as private events such as birthday parties or broomball tournaments.
Dr. Pepper StarCenter stands as a giant, icy footprint in the middle of Texas, one of six StarCenter rinks that serves as home to the Dallas Stars hockey team, as well as a community of countless ice skaters. The Plano location regularly hosts public skates, but also serves as a classroom where licensed Learn To Skate instructors teach kids and adults how to skate using methods endorsed by the Ice Skating Institute. In addition, they host adult recreational hockey leagues and figure-skating competitions, which are not, as some might think, competitions where people throw molded plastic dolls across the ice to see which one can go the farthest.
The full-sized Allen Community Ice Rink hosts open skate times, learn-to-skate programs, and adult and youth hockey leagues. Off the ice, the facility boasts locker rooms, an equipment shop, and skate rentals, plus seating for more than 300 spectators. Skaters can even rent the rink for special events, such as birthday parties or zamboni family reunions.
On any given day, NYTEX Sports Centre's expansive compound––with plentiful courts, fields, and an ice rink––can simultaneously host a youth soccer match, a women's flat-track roller derby, and a rowdy Brahmas professional ice hockey game. As a hub for world-class competitors and recreational athletes of all kinds, the 140,000-square-foot playpen welcomes casual skaters to explore the same full-size rink the pros play on during open-skate sessions and amateur hockey leagues. NYTEX's birthday-party packages also grant rink access to partygoers for celebratory skating and "Happy Birthday" songs sung by a chorus of revving Zambonis. Special community events, such as the annual Armed Forces Hockey Classic, call the sport's complex their home, while the on-site Italian restaurant, ZuRoma, replenishes calories spent cheering on favorite teams.